It’s time again for one of the most popular events in Destin — the Destin United Methodist Women’s annual arts and crafts show.
The 10th annual Fall Flair will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 7 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 8 in the Destin United Methodist Church’s Life Center, 200 Beach Drive.
Patty Roof, coordinator of the event, told The Log there would be 70 vendors or more, with several new vendors with unique items.
“A couple that come to mind are Oscar of New Orleans, who has some unique angel jewelry that he designs and sells in New Orleans,” Roof said. “We have been trying to get him to come for several years. Another new vendor is a lady that just moved to Lynn Haven and has some beautiful handmade crosses on canvas framed with reclaimed wood.”
Vendors will sell a little of everything, including Christmas decorations, jewelry, baby items, clothing, plants, photographs, and hundreds of other items. There will also be a silent auction and the Soul Café will be open for a good meal. And, as always, the women will have their famous Bake Sale, that sells out fast.
Several authors will be returning with their books, including Rachel Gripp of Destin and a member of Writers In Sandals. Some of her books are "Pursuit of the Frog Prince," Continued Pursuit," and "A Game of Wits."
Sharon Horton, president of the UMW, told The Log the silent auction would include a sewing machine, antique dolls, gift baskets and donations from the vendors.
Mel Ponder, mayor of Destin from 2014-2016 and now serving in the Florida House of Representatives from the 4th District, has given the opening prayer at Fall Flair for several years.
“He is rearranging his schedule to give the opening prayer again this year,” Roof said. “Come on out and support the UMW's fundraiser and enjoy yourselves for the day. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Destin United Methodist Women Missions Fund.”
Oscar C. Donahue III first discovered his artistic aptitude at age 5 when his first drawing of a dolphin drew oohs and ahhs. He enjoyed his gift throughout his childhood and continued to draw sketches.
During the following years, Oscar discovered he had many other gifts, including communication, which he used as a volunteer for the March of Dimes and became anchorman for a closed circuit television student news program that brought him many honors. His artistic passion took a backseat, but he continued to draw and fell in love with Dali, Picasso, and Gaugain.
In college, Oscar found the theater and starred in several plays while on his way to being a national youth spokesman for the March of Dimes and after graduation he joined their national staff. For four years, he lived in Harlem and rode the train back and forth to work — where he stayed for four years, living in Harlem and riding the train to work each day, still making sketches and keeping his artistic fire alive. The role as the Tin Man in the off-off-Broadway play "The Wiz" and singing in nightclubs gave Oscar the artistic fulfillment he needed.
Ready for a change, in 1984 Oscar moved to New Orleans and worked with the United Negro College Fund and began teaching. On weekends, his passion for art took him to the French Market where he drew portraits and turned to making jewelry after his marriage.
People throughout the world now enjoy Oscar’s Originals whimsical, colorful creations. The handcrafted wearable art includes pins and earrings for all occasions and larger art pieces. Angels, animals and N’awlins pins are being worn around the world.